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information up to speed so that we have the information to make the decisions. >> okay. >> again, i am sort of thinking out loud and maybe there are some opportunities when you are doing the leasing on the commercial spacing and they alloweded tis to have them be, at a higher standard in terms of energy efficiency. and i don't know if that is something that we do, but we may want to look into that. >> and we actually do do that and we have been in the process of doing something similar with the solar panels but, also at pier 9 with the auto, and so we are looking at those where we can and on the grants question, traditionally the grants go through the pec and that is how we become participants in them and so we will certainly revisit that and i will just remind us all that we are about to have solar panels working at pier 1 and they have been installed and they are finalizing the details. >> thank you for that.
>> good, believe it or not we don't have enough wind for wind generated power. hard to imagine, some days when you are standing down here. i thank you for all of the information and over all what the port has been doing to date and once again, the colleagues pointed out is setting the stnd ard so that other cities will take a look at what we are doing and follow our lead and our sister ports perhaps might take note of that as well. so thank you. >> okay. item ten, new business? >> is there any public comment? >> seeing none. >> okay. >> commissioner? >> i have just one new business item and just so you are aware, i was actually in hong kong for the holidays. and this was on my own. but, i detected an opportunity to contact some development and
some other folks that monique and i had a chance to meet when they were in ocman two years ago in the water front and a couple of things that we did do and we did come back and because it is always nice to compare what we are doing with the other major cities of the world and so i had a chance to visit the cruise ship terminal. and i also had a chance to meet with their development and i also part of the head of their fund advisory committee and so on that just to let you know, they have the number of cruise ship shows and about 65. and they just spent a billion u.s. dollars on their cruise ship terminal and so you can imagine for a billion dollars you get a larger terminal than what we spent, xh i don't know at the end maybe it is less than 150 million by the time that we get through with phase two. and so i pointed that out to them and they sort of looked at
me and it is a beautiful terminal. and it is huge. and i mean that they can accommodate the larger ship and they have three and they had the most intraindicate and i don't know what the docking is going to be but they have the latest technology of this gang way that moves up and down and it is fancy and they have the cruise ships at once but like i said the cost is staggering. and the moment that it is a very empty building and they have more work to do to put in amendties and it is located in hong kong at the orange old airport. and which is kind of like an island isolated away and so it is not like us, where we are in the middle of the fisherman's wharf where the tourists come off and they are in the area of the city and in the downtown. and so they are going to have the challenge of determining of how to trying to figure out what to do and trying to build
the retail within the cruise ship terminal but i think that the challenge will be is these operators to only have 65 accrues ships and what they will do for the rest of the time and also trying to do the events and probably could do some events and things like that and the challenge getting the retail tenants because it is not close to anything and it is isolated and i think that is an advantage that we have in terms of the location which really struck me and they are trying to figure that out and it seems like some of this planning is now coming in, after they already build the terminal. the architect is the same that built the airport and i remarked to them and because everything that they have build here and they have lines and everything and we have not done that because we have not finished our terminal. >> it looks like just like the airport. and it is the same architect. because it feels like an airport. i don't know if that is the fueling one wants to have but
that is what it looks like. and they were gracious and i had three or four people accompany me and showed anywhere some of their water front is now n hong kong it is an island and there is some on the other side and there is water front everywhere. and they have a harbor front advisory commitment with the chair, and so, the first is to define what is the water front? >> right now all of the pieces belong to the government in terms of the agency and not all of it is private or public. and in fact if it is you know what the pla is, and just the people lib vasing army, and prc, china, and actually, owns the buildings right on the water front and so there is a lot of different interesting and amendies around and so they are trying to define whether it is the water front, and should
they have they are trying to figure out the space and we have been trying to do both at the same time and i think that it is important to recognize what san francisco has accomplished in terms of doing this in a balanced way and they are going back and retrofitting and trying to figure out whether the public wants the water front and they don't have it and now that is the issue in hong kong and the good thing is that they have a lot of money. and i guess that they did not borrow that one million, they just spent it and so that was just, you know, came out of nowhere, and so they are trying to decide, whether they should have the water front authority or independent authority with their own staff. and the head of the committee, and generally and he asked me
what i said. they have freeways that go around and make the transportation work and so what they want to do is develop what they jokingly said would be the blue line and they will have to do something interesting below the freeway to make it more interesting for their public. because they want to build the things that will bring the people to the water front and the restaurant and retail, and promanade and the open space and that is what is something that they are grapling with and i think that what i walked away with is what i am saying here today is because sometimes we get caught up with our own debates about what we should do here in san francisco and all of the issues that we have and i think that explaining what we do in san francisco to the head of the commission and he was
going, that is great i wish that we were there. sometimes you have to remember where you are and what we should be grateful for and i think that we have the balanced development here and i think that we have a clearer structure and a process of how we are going forward with this and of course it is much hard ner hong kong to define what the water front is because they do have a much wider area and so you know, they don't know how far there is not a sea wall or a state lands commission that defined this a long time ago and so they didn't have a big debate on what belongs and what does not and what agency gets to manage and where the funding and the staff and etc.. and right now it is just mingled with a lot of the board and the development and the department, and the various entities in the hong kong government and so it will be interesting to watch them. and i think that we felt, that you know, there was a lot of things that they were interested in understanding how we approach things in san francisco and so, i did volunteer your name monique that they should keep in contact with you and touch with
the commission. and in terms of what we could learn from each other and i just wanted to report that because i think that also is a credit to what we do here in san francisco. and they were all eager to hear how we are approaching what we are doing here with the water front and how they could learn from us and as i said, i think that there are some things that we can learn from them, as well going forward. so that is just wanted to give that brief report thank you. >> thank you. >> informative. >> and any other new business? >> just want to take a very quick moment to thank sue hester who has joined us many and people often i think wonder whether public comment has an impact and the last item that we had on the calendar, 9 a, in large part i called for periodic ep dates on what we are doing in terms of climate change in part due to comments that sue hester made at one of our prior meetings, yes, those that do come and speak we do appreciate it and do listen and want to thank you for public comment. so, any other new business? >> seeing none, have a motion
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thank you, good afternoon. if i may have your attention and thank you for being here today at a special joint meeting of the board of supervisors, neighborhood services and safety committee along with our san francisco police commission. my name is david campos and i'm the chair of the neighborhood services and safety committee. i want to acknowledge